In a couple of days, US President Barack Hussein Obama will vacate office. No doubt he has been one of the finest presidents America ever had. I would describe his leadership style in one word………” unconventional “. Here are ten of some my favorite pictures of his unconventional presidency…….
We will sure miss him.
You’ve gotta love developed nations. They have a way of making life so simple and easy even when it comes to hosting world leaders. Buhari arrived Germany for the G7 summit recently and was driven to the venue in this………
No convoy, no exotic cars, no body guards, no escorts, just a president being driven in a “keke marwa-like” motor. This speaks volumes about how African governments can cut costs and unecessary flamboyance when hosting similar events.
If this was Africa, you can be sure of bullet – proof convoys on the ground and surveillance helicopters in the air to do the same job that a simple “keke marwa” would have done.
Everyman will have his day.
The Kenyan Terrorist Mall attack of September 21, 2013, has come and gone but believe me, the pictures and horrific scenes still leave a shudder down my spine. How can man be so callous and wicked! Its not an experience you would wish anyone. The pictures of the national tragedy we saw on TV were as close as we could get but I came across this video which made me appreciate the level of fear, trepidation and confusion that went on in the hearts of people in the mall when the shootings began. The voice of a woman crying “Gorge where are you” as shots are fired. Men and women squatting to dodge bullets. A woman cautioning another person “don’t go there!”. Some men who ran and hid inside a closet and started making phone calls saying “they must be terrorists” as gun shots got closer. it’s a chilling video. You can literarily feel the fear as the shots are fired…
However, in the midst of all the sorrow and pain and hurt, I choose to identify sets of people who I term as the heroes of the unfortunate disaster. They are the military, the paramedics and the good-samaritans. This is essentially why I ‘m writing this post. To bring out something positive out of all the sorrow. Lives were lost (and I have chosen not to put up fatal pictures here ‘cos its not my style) but some people were equally prepared to lose their own lives to save others and I think we can really learn from this and honour them.
THE KENYAN MILITARY…
These guys stormed the Westgate mall immediately after the siege and even though they were not prepared to avert the tragedy, they did their best to bring it to an end. They courageously rescued scores of trapped people from within the mall. It was like entering the lions den and grabbing its dinner from its teeth….and some of them actually lost their lives in the process.
2, THE PARA-MEDICS
These medical personnel risked their lives to save the lives of the survivors and injured by rendering medical services while the siege was on. They put up emergency treatment tents around the mall and made sure that those who were injured received proper medical care under the dangerous situation.
3. THE GOOD SAMARITANS
While we may say that the first two sets of people somewhat have a statutory service to render in this kind of situation, this last group decided to show the world that the human life is valuable and must be preserved. They willingly offered service in any way necessary to the victims of the attacks. I’m talking about the scores of Kenyans who came out to donate blood to the victims………….
Infact, the Red Cross had to actually stop volunteers from donating more blood because people had donated enough.
Others simply helped out in any way that they could. People were seen offering succour and assistance to people they never knew. It was a time to look beyond tribe, race or colour………
As I view these pictures, I cant help but salute the bravery an courage of these heroes. They decided to risk their lives and prove to the world that good will always triumph over evil. Their heroic deeds overcame the evil plot of the wicked cowards and we pray with the families of those affected that God will comfort them.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA
Before I sign out, just wanna wish all you my esteemed readers a happy 53rd Independence anniversary and pray that indeed Nigeria will rise above its current challenges and be where God has destined for her to be. God bless Nigeria.
That’s all for now guys. Thanks for stopping by as usual and remember, “Every man will have his day”
I am Johnson Madichie
Ok, I haven’t bothered to blog about the pandemonium the enveloped the Rivers State House of Assembly and I don’t really need to for two reasons……
1. My very good friends at Sahara Reporters did a good job chronicling the events that happened both before and after the popular Chidi Lloyd attack. What most people have seen is the part where Chidi Lloyd went on rampage but this video actually shows Hon Evans Bipi describing how he attacked and punched Chidi Lloyd, and he did so in front of a cheering crowd……….watch
2. My second reason for not bothering to blog about it is because the grammar impresario himself, Hon Patrick Obahiagbon has done justice to the issue. I get amazed each time this man airs his opinion on national events and this one makes the list as one of my favourites. In a recent interview with Channels television, Hon. Patrick describes the Rivers state crisis as………………Watch for your self…….
hehehehehhehe. Cant stop reeling with laughter. ‘Political Crinkum Crankum or political Higi Haga”. May God bless Nigeria.
That will do it for now guys.
I am Johnson Madichie
I know I don’t do a lot of political posts but this one was practically begging for attention and I couldn’t ignore it, besides, I have a first degree in Political Science so I believe I’m somewhat qualified to bare my mind on this issue.
Nigeria Governors Forum…….hmmmm, my first question is, “is this forum really necessary or better still, is it legal?” No offence but I’m one of the few who believe that the so-called Forum is a waste of time. The forum is not even constitutional just like the ceremonious office of the first lady.
The forum is made up of 35 governors from 35 states, yes 35 not 36 ‘cos Abuja doesn’t have a governor incase you thought I made a mistake with the numbers.
These guys were all duly elected (we hope) by their respective states to lead them, and they further decide to form a forum but really whose interest are they protecting in this forum?These so-called Governors Forum paint a picture of support to the Nigerian masses but it was the same NGF that supported the removal of Petroleum Subsisdy in 2012.
If truly they are meant to be united, isn’t this an indication of political polarity?
Secondly, it’s no more news that the last NGF elections ended in a debacle which saw the emergence of two factional leaders : Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state.
Guys, its baffling that 35 grown adults, with hair on their chest (as my pastor will humorously say) cannot sit down in one room and successfully elect one person as a leader without rigging. I’m really perturbed ‘cos this is a bad omen for Nigerian politics.
How do we expect about 200 million Nigerians to conduct an election when the 35 men who represent us cannot do same amongst themselves.
The results of the NGF election clearly showed that Gov. Amaechi had 19 votes and Gov. Jang had 16 votes but Gov. Jang’s camp, backed conspicuously by Gov. Akpabio , went ahead to form a faction and declared that Gov. Jang won and Gov. Jang himself went to church to declare that his victory was from God.
I was privileged to watch the secret video of the elections and as the votes were counted, one could feel the tension and animosity in the room with governors shouting at themselves. The video was taken by the governor of Osun state and at a point, other governors started shouting him down saying “Osun what is this?” Gov Akpabio himself even came to confront him but the Osun governor remained adamant saying ” I’m taking the video so that nothing will go wrong here”. Watch the raw video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i4I2ggNkfQ8. By the way, the fact that there was a secret video, filmed by a governor, also speaks volumes about what was expected.
Sadly, the same governors were individually preaching good morals, sound behavior and patriotism to the children in their states a few days later on children’s day. The governors should have taken a back seat and allowed the children teach them. “Teach them what?” you may ask, well, teach them how to select a class captain in their class.
I’m particularly disgusted with governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state (who is in Governor Jonah Jang’s camp) when he said he saw the rigging coming.
How dare he talk! Or was he not the same governor who openly admitted that he rigged senatorial elections in his own state, and he still roams the street free! Hear his electoral rigging speech:
My humble opinion is that the various governors should focus on developing their states instead of lobbying all over the place and avoiding their constitutional duty under the guise and charade of Nigeria Governors Forum. Someone like Gov. Jonah Jang whose state has been boiling with killings and religious crisis should have no business parading himself as NGF chairman. He has a job waiting for him at home and the job hasn’t been done.
A governor’s primary responsibility is to be the chief welfare and security officer of his state but sadly, most of these governors have decided to distract themselves with this Forum while their assignment at home is left undone.
You can at least be creative………….
That’s all for now guys. Thanks for visiting my blog and lest i forget, HAPPY DEMOCRACY DAY!
Up next on JM Blog…….Lastma and Ian Robben